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15 trees given the chop for roadwork
RESIDENTS were left stumped when workers turned up to chop down 15 trees in their street.
The trees along Warwick Road in Rayleigh have been cut down so work to repair the road and kerbs can take place.
However, some residents said they had no idea the trees were going as part of the road repairs and are annoyed new trees are not being planted straight away.
Cheryl Roe, a Rochford district and Rayleigh town councillor, said residents didn’t have the chance to question the removal of the trees.
She said: “We’re extremely pleased that money is now being spent in this area.
“My only disappointment with it is that highways department didn’t give residents more time to make their feelings known about the trees coming down.
“My question to them would be why wasn’t this picked up in the survey stage earlier in the year?”
Residents were surveyed about the work back in May, but no mention was made about the trees.
Instead residents received a letter on October 10 telling them the trees were going. Work started two days later.
Nona Coghlan, 77, who lives in the street, said: “When I first got the letter to say they were going to go I was massively disappointed, but if it’s got to be done I can understand it.”
Amanda Dodson, 48, said: “I’m glad the roads are being done, but it’s a real shame the work couldn’t be done without pulling the trees out. It’s going to take years for them to get back to the size they were.
“I hope they stick to their word and replant them next year.”
However, Joe Price, 80, who has lived there for 40 years, is pleased to see the trees go.
He said: “I couldn’t care less about the trees as long as the roads and pavements are being done. In the winter there are a million leaves all over the roads so at least they’ll be clear.”
A spokesman for Essex Highways said: “Due to the proximity of the 15 trees to the existing kerb, it was not possible to remove the kerb and for a replacement to be installed without the trees becoming unstable.
“Work to install the footway and kerb line is now in progress.”
It is expected to be finished by the end of November with the trees being replanted next year.
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